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Game 40 Preview: Bourne at Chatham

by Tyler Schiff
Saturday, July 29, 2023

Game 40 Preview: Bourne at Chatham
Chatham snapped a six-game losing streak during Game 2 of Friday’s doubleheader against Orleans. Though the Anglers lost Game 1, 8–7, they bounced back, spearheaded by Kyson Donahue’s two homer performance, to win Game 2 5–4.

The victory marked Chatham interim manager Todd Shelton’s first. Shelton, who became the team’s third different skipper this season after replacing acting manager Marty Lees entering Friday’s doubleheader, described the Game 2 win as Chatham’s “most complete game” this summer.

Chatham’s 5–4 defeat of the Firebirds also helped it stay in the playoff race, yet it still remains in last place in the Cape Cod Baseball League’s East Division. Had the Anglers lost both games to Orleans, their narrow chances at making the 2023 postseason would’ve ended.

On Saturday, the Anglers host Bourne. The Braves currently sit at fourth in the West Division and are coming off a 14–0 loss to Yarmouth-Dennis. Here’s everything you need to know before Chatham (11–26–2 East) takes on Bourne (19–19–1 West).

Probable Starters

21-IMG_0834Pitcher Gabe Davis (Oklahoma State) on July 18, 2023, at Veterans Field. Emma Connelly / Chatham Anglers

Gabe Davis (Oklahoma State): Boasting a 5.51 ERA through 16 1/3 innings pitched, Davis has tallied 18 strikeouts and allowed just five walks this summer. In his last outing, on July 21 against Orleans, Davis gave up two earned runs but fanned five to secure a 6–3 win in Game 1 of a doubleheader at Eldredge Park.

Dalton Pence (North Carolina): Pence holds a record of 3–1 in six games with Bourne this season. The Tar Heel owns a 6.75 ERA in 16 innings pitched. In his most recent appearance, on July 20, Pence picked up a win after tallying eight strikeouts against Brewster.

Chatham Players To Watch

Kyson Donahue (Hawaii): Donahue’s two home runs and three total hits led Chatham to its Game 2 win over Orleans on Friday. The utility player has cemented himself as a regular starter in left field and holds a .271 batting average.

Kaeden Kent (Texas A&M): One of Chatham’s most reliable hitters all season, the 2023 Cape League All-Star possesses a .302 batting average in 129 at-bats. Though Kent couldn’t garner a hit last time out, he’s totaled six hits in the Anglers’ last five contests.

Bourne Players To Watch

Derek Bender (Coastal Carolina): Bender’s .390 batting average in 100 at-bats leads the CCBL. The last time Bourne faced Chatham, on July 12, the righty power hitter notched two of his team-high 20 RBIs. In the last four games, Bender has charted seven total hits.

Bryce Eblin (Alabama): Eblin ranks second-best, behind Bender, in batting average (.340) and RBIs (16) for the Braves this season. On Friday, Eblin’s two hits against Yarmouth-Dennis lengthened his hitting streak to four consecutive games. 

Number To Know: 5

Though Chatham’s chances are narrow, the door to a postseason berth remains narrowly ajar. In order to clinch a playoff position, the Anglers are required to win out their final five games of the regular season and need fourth-placed Brewster to lose all of their last five contests.

Last Time They Played

On July 12, Chatham and Bourne matched up at Doran Park.

The Braves jumped out to a quick 6–0 lead but the Anglers produced five runs across the fifth and sixth innings to draw within one.

In the bottom of the eighth however, a wild pitch from Chatham reliever Jack Brodsky drove home Bourne’s Kendall Diggs in an eventual 7–5 Anglers loss.